Rory’s Story Cubes Mini-Story #17

Photo by Jennie Coughlin

Photo by Jennie Coughlin

“First investigation, huh, kid?”

“Yes, captain.”

“Feel like you could go in about a hundred different directions, right?”

“Yes, captain, but how—?”

“We all feel that way the first time. Think of it as a puzzle, and as you zoom in on the pieces, they all fall together. Yeah, the methodology is a little awkward, but, hey, it’s not like we can go knocking on doors, right.”

“No, captain.”

“And this ball of rock. I can’t tell how many times I’ve been to this backwater planet, but the brass, you know, they like messing with this species’ heads. We chase their airplanes, mutilate their cattle, and the crop circles! Man, if I had a credit for every crop circle I’ve done, well, I could have retired a long time ago. All right, kid, since it’s your first, you pick the mission.”

“Well, then, I opt for a…cattle mutilation!”

“You newbies. You always go for that.”